PUBLISHED: 6:22 PM on Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Photo: Annual toy run
Shawn Morrow, CEO of Bartlett Regional Hospital (front right)receives a check from Larry "Lucky" Eaton in the amount of $1000 from the Southeast Alaska Panhandlers Motorcycle Club.

The 14th annual Panhandlers Toy Run was held Sept. 21 to collect stuffed animals for hospitalized children. Cash donations from businesses and individuals were given to Bartlett to purchase additional toys More than 75 bikers and riders and 250 people attended the event and barbeque at the Douglas Fire Hall.

The Toy Run is a collaboration of the Southeast Alaska Panhandlers Motorcycle Club and the Douglas Fire Department. The event was renamed the Robert F. Valliant Memorial Toy Run in 2007 after the passing of long-time Bartlett Regional Hospital CEO Bob Valliant, who supported the vent. The Panhandlers Motorcycle club extended thanks to the entire community, especially

Home Depot, Costco, Super Bear, KTOO, KINY, The Triangle Bar, MGT, Sandy Krook and Family, Widow Son's, Pat Peterson, River of Glory Church and the Douglas Fire Department.

"We thank the Southeast Alaska Panhandlers and the Douglas Fire Department for their continued commitment to the special needs of Bartlett Regional Hospital pediatric patients," Morrow said.